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Guide to the Cotsen Children's Library, Special Collections


This guide serves as a starting point for researchers and students interested in primary and secondary sources for children's literature research, childhood studies, and children's culture. Please use the tabs above to explore a range of resources offered by the Cotsen Children's Library in particular and the Princeton University Library in general.

Cotsen Children's Library

The Cotsen Children's Library is a very special library within Special Collections at Princeton University Library. It is home to an international research collection of illustrated children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys in English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and dozens of other languages from the fifteenth century to the present day. The library is the benefaction of Lloyd E. Cotsen '50.

Support for research, teaching, and learning

The Cotsen collection is non-circulating and used in the Special Collections Reading Room, located in the atrium of the Firestone Library. We continue to provide support for your research, teaching, and learning onsite or remotely.

For the latest policy on onsite services, please check Special Collections - Services & Policies.

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Cotsen Children's Library
Firestone Library, 1 Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08540